As the center position changes and coaches trade size for skill, we’ve gotten accustomed to big teams experiencing discomfort and being forced to adjust. However, in this case, the Lakers’ version of big creates the headaches. They’re tall and long, and they know how to use those traits. Their best player, LeBron James, is a stylish truck who dominates with power and panache. His ability to function as a point guard at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds — very Karl Malone-like — allows Los Angeles to play lineups with two big guards, adding another dimension to their superior size.
But Anthony Davis really sets them apart with his versatility at 6-10.
The Miami Heat have learned all about AD’s multifaceted game during the Finals. With the Lakers leading the series 3-1, Miami is now fighting to stay alive after Davis spearheaded a stellar defensive effort in Tuesday’s Game 4. He was